Oratorical Contest


Oratorical Contest Information & Registration  2015/16 Official Rules


The Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.


The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program “A Constitutional Speech Contest”


The American Legion Oratorical contests can be financially as well as educationally rewarding. High School students who are U. S. citizens or lawful residents can hone their speaking skills, while learning about the U.S. Constitution.
Department level scholarship awards range from $800 to $1500, with Zone runner-ups receiving $200. At the National level they range from $14,000 to $18,000.


A contestant must register with their American Legion, Department of Michigan by November 21, 2015 (see registration form attached to information sheet).  Your Zone Chairman will notify you of the dates, times and locations of all contests at the District and Zone level.  All Zone contests will be conducted before Monday, December 21, 2015 and the Department contest will be conducted on Saturday, February 20, 2016.


The event will take place at TBD, on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in the auditorium at 1:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. There will be opportunities to take photographs at the awards ceremony, but not during the actual contest. If space permits, an unattended, tripod mounted video camera may tape the entire contest, but not a single contestant.  The American Legion, Department of Michigan reserves the right to preclude any videotaping if it prevents the audience present from fully enjoying the contest.


Most Posts have information available and a student should contact a local American Legion Post, (ask Zone Chairman to suggest Post), and ask for sponsorship.


If unable to contact your Zone Chairman, Department Programs Coordinator can be reached by e-mail at programs@michiganlegion.org or by phone at 517-371-4720 ext. 11.


Register by November 21, 2015 – State Contest February 20, 2016 – Nationals April 15-17, 2016